Pentagon confirms it’s developing nuke cruise missile to counter similar Russian one
New US weapon would violate arms control treaty with Moscow
Pentagon officials said Friday that the US is developing a ground-launched, intermediate-range cruise missile to counter a similar Russian weapon. American deployment of the missile would violate an existing arms-control treaty between Moscow and Washington.
Defense One reports that the officials acknowledged that the still-under-development American missile would, if deployed, also violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The decision to go ahead with the new cruise missile is just one of the policy changes outlined in a Nuclear Posture Review ordered by President Donald Trump in one of his first actions as president. The review was publicly released on Friday. Another US project involves developing new low-yield, tactical nuclear weapons.